35. SPECIAL OCCASION-- Smokey Robinson / Miracles (D) #28 Not one of his better known songs, but pure "Smokey."
34. LISTEN HERE-- Eddie Harris #45 Never heard of this one before. A jazz instrumental that grows on you with repeated listenings. Born in Chicago in 1936. Listen to to the Atlantic version on You Tube.
33. MIDNIGHT CONFESSIONS-- Grassroots (D) #5 Their biggest hit. One of my favorite groups back then.
32. PLEASE RETURN YOUR LOVE TO ME-- Temptations #26 Great slow Motown song.
31. HEY JUDE / REVOLUTION-- Beatles (D) "Hey Jude" #1, "Revolution" #12. You Tube has versions of the Beatles playing these songs live on a TV show, well worth watching.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "The Sound Of Your Footsteps Telling Me You're Near." Answer below. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: In your little black book you list both girls you know by IP address.
These were the top 40 songs in Chicago on WLS AM 890 fifty years ago.
(D) means debut The number behind the artist is the highest the song got on Billboard's Top 100.
40. ALWAYS SOMETHING THERE TO REMIND ME-- Dionne Warwick (D) #65 Full title "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me." Slow start, builds to crescendo. Classic Dionne. hard to believe it only got to #65.
39. GIRL WATCHER-- O'Kaysions (D) #5 Beach Music before we knew it was Beach Music. White group. Should have been a Gary Puckett & the Union Gap song. Originally called and still performing as the Kays.
38. I'VE NEVER FOUND A GIRL-- Eddie Floyd #40 Full title "I've Never Found A Girl (To Love me Like You Do)" That Stax Records out of Memphis, Tennessee. Great belly rubber.
37. I MET HER IN CHURCH-- Box Tops (D) #37 Blue-eyed soul at its best. The end will place you in a black church.
36. THE SNAKE-- Al Wilson (D) #27 His first hit. Women, beware of that snake you're hanging with.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "I Walk Along Those City Streets You Used To Walk Along With Me." --Answer below. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: You feel like living life like the movie "Tron" wouldn't be so bad.
Liz and I just got back from a seven day trip out to the Mississippi River and back for our 45th wedding anniversary. The trip covered seven days, 401 miles and three states.
We were married in DeKalb, Illinois, on August 25, 1973, and went to Galena, Illinois, for our honeymoon.
This trip was out to Galena for four days and to Dubuque, Iowa, for two days.
And, by coincidence, this year August 25 fell on a Saturday, the same day we were married.
We went to a lot of bars in Galena and stayed at the Grant Hills Motel, a mom and pop place. Enjoyed sitting outside the room and talking with other travelers, something you can't do in the new motels.
I also did a lot of history at the Washburne and U.S. Grant homes and the LST-325 World War II ship in Dubuque.
Still working on Frances' back 40 in the southeast corner of the yard. maybe I'll get it finished.
We went to Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg and then to the Spring grove Fireman's annual steak fry at Horse Fair Park. For $20 you get a big steak, baked potato and piece of pie. And, for a good cause. They had one of the new DJs there, you know, the ones who just play music and make an occasional announcement. No interaction with people at all. For that you have to go to a karaoke person. A DJ is supposed to interact with people.
We then stopped at the newly opened Spring Grove Pub & Pizza on US-12 and talked with the owner. This used to be one of our favorite places called Tommy's and we are sure glad it has reopened.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Brother Bob's 65th birthday. Happy birthday Bob.
More work on Frances' back 40 (named for Liz's mom). Then we went to Stucky's in Johnsburg and sat out on the deck and really had a great time with the Bart Alonzo Band which featured that greatest of country instruments, the steel guitar.
Another Fun Weekend. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: You think having twice as many computers as there are people in the house is a bare minimum.
We drove to the Sand Bar on Bluff Lake for a Chain Crawl passport stamp and that their Thursday special with $1 tacos. Great view of the lake from the many windows. We then went to Antioch for the last It's Thursday concert, this time by Dixie Krush who did more modern country music and did a great job.
We were saddened to hear of the death of Aretha Franklin even though we had been informed on Tuesday that it was near. I spent many of the next days listening to her music both on You Tube and the three Greatest Hits CDs I have.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
I have been busy the last several days working on Frances' Back 40 in the southeast corner of the yard which had gotten very overgrown. Making slow progress.
Met the usual Suspects at the Legion and Kelly won the 50-50 for the first time. The Cubs won for the second time in a row by a 1-0 score. Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville and the Ultimate Jukebox in my basement while watching the end of the Cubs game.
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: You're mad because all your friends got goodnight kisses after prom, but your sister just slugged you in the arm and said, "Thanks bro."
August 19, 1998, this FM radio station switched format to a Beach Music/Oldies one. It is located in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and at the epicenter of the Beach Music world. That is the music that fans shag to, which is also the state dance, kind of a slow bop.
This is also a station I listen to most mornings while going through e-mails or typing away at these blogs. I also listen to Chicago's WXRT, 93.1 FM.
Right now, at 8:27 a.m. EDST Jim Morgan is playing and they are doing all kinds of birthday activities.
When we first started going to Myrtle Beach in the 1980s, we listened to WNMB which had Billy Smith in the morning and played Beach Music. Billy Smith was a real experience, or the Old BS'er as he called himself.
Anyway, Happy Birthday, The Surf. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: You have a poster on your wall of the Linux penguin.
Did the usual FP (Front Porch) and OD (On deck) and listened to Bob Stroud's Rock and Roll Roots on WDRV. 93.1 FM from 7-10 a.m. and recorded Terri Hemmert's Breakfast With the Beatles on WXRT, 93.1 FM.
Liz and I went up early to get a table at St. John's Parish fest in Johnsburg, Illinois. An elementary school friend of Liz's plays guitar and many other instruments in the the group New Odyssey which was playing today and had for the last ten or so years. They bill themselves as "Three Guys, 30 Instruments" because they play 30 different instruments during the course of a show.
The do a ten-song Beatles medley and play all 30 of them in the ten-twelve minutes. Quite a show. They also play Beatles songs in one medley where the drummer wears a Sgt. Pepper's drum coat and plays that. Quite impressive.
Sadly, after 40 years, this is their last year performing together.
Of course, there is all kinds of great food at the Parish Fest and we took advantage of much of it. Plus, plenty of ice-cold beer. I got a free beer when one of the people serving saw me in my Stan Mijita shirt.
Sure Going to Miss New Odyssey. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: You become physically ill at the mention of RIAA, and visibly excited at the mention of object-oriented programming. (Now ask me if I have any idea what this was/is all about.)
We drove over to Burger Shack on Fox Lake for a Chain Crawl passport stamp. For many years it used to be Korpan's Landing and then went rapidly through a succession of owners and names. Burger Shack is this year's name. It is too bad as they have one of the best views on the Chain of Lakes from inside the bar and that is not even mentioning the huge deck.
No draft beer either, just bottles so it is $3 a drink. But, buy two and get a free burger and they sure smelled good.
We left there to drive over to Half-Times in Johnsburg for Customer Appreciation Day with all sorts of food and drink specials, including $1 pint drafts. But, we stopped at Sunnyside in Johnsburg to check out their "Adult Battleship" game. Just couldn't imagine how they'd do it.
Turns out, there was a good-sized kiddie pool divided in half. Each half had four pieces of Styrofoam, each with two Solo cups (red, of course) with the objective of throwing a ping pong ball into the cups. Get both cups and you sink your enemy's ship.
They seemed to be having a great time.
We had a really good time inside with the usual cast of characters.
Sunnyside, Your "Cheers" Kind Of A Bar. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: Before going to the bathroom you inform your friends you're off to download and log out.
This past week has been a hard one with deaths. First, we had Chicago great hockey player Stan Mikita die last week. I have been wearing a Mikita #21 tee-shirt and a #21 jersey around in his honor and am surprised at how many people come up to me to talk about Stan Mikita.
Then Tuesday we heard that Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and one of my favorite performers was near death and this morning she died. When I heard Bob Stroud say something about her on WDRV, I started listening to You Tube's mix of her songs. Right now I am listening to my "Aretha's Best" CD.
I'll be listening to a lot of her music the next couple days.
We had rain threaten all day, but, unfortunately, didn't start until a couple hours before we were to see New Odyssey play their music at Veterans Park in McHenry, but the show was cancelled. We did enjoy $1 miniburgers and $1.75 bottles at the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans) in McHenry and $1 pints at Half Times in Johnsburg.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Still no boat, the latest that we have never had the boat out in a season. Difficulties getting parts being the reason. Still working in the yard. I can never seem to catch up in the yard. My fault though as I planted way TOO many plants, bushes and trees.
Went to the Legion for 50-50, but didn't win. Came home and enjoyed Margaritaville and the Ultimate Julebox in the basement.
No Band, But Found Something Else To Do. --RoadDog
YOU'RE BECOMING A GEEK WHEN: You have a monitor tan.\
From the August 2018 Calendar. ** Means it is one I'd drink to
AUGUST 13, Monday: Filet Mignon Day** Boy, I'd eat that.--- Left Handers Day** Try shaking hands with one.
AUGUST 14, Tuesday: Creamsicle Day**
AUGUST 15, Wednesday Relaxation Day** I can relax to that.0---Lemon Merengue Pie Day** For eating or in-the-face?
AUGUST 16, Thursday-- Tell a Joke Day** But I forget the punch line Rum Day** Time flies when you're having "rhum."
AUGUST 17, Friday-- Thrift Shop Days** It's like a treasure hunt. You never know what you'll find.
AUGUST 18, Saturday-- Fajita Day** Just don't touch the plate.
AUGUST 19, Sunday-- Aviation Day** I used to like to fly, but they just don't treat me right on the airlines anymore. Soft Ice Cream Day**
Lots To Ponder Over. RoadDog
HOW COME: You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day. (I might add, this is especially true when you're retired.)
Just one of those summer weekends in northeastern Illinois with way more things I'd like to do than I can accommodate.
The Fox Lake American Legion is having their annual Legion picnic. Always something we like to attend...
But, the St. John's Parish Fest in Johnsburg is today and they have one of our favorite bands, New Odyssey playing. And, this is the last time for the band because they are breaking up after 40 years together.
And, the Keep the Spirit of '45 salute to the veterans of World War II and the Korean War takes place at Veterans Park in McHenry.
Not to mention bands playing this afternoon at various bars around the Chain of Lakes.
The NAC, National Athletic Club, where we went for a drink and get our Chain Crawl passport book signed and was celebrating its 125th anniversary, is a survivor. When the Chain of Lakes area was booming as a tourist destination back in the 1890s to 1920s, many organizations featuring hunting and fishing moved out to the area. The Mineola Hotel, one of our most famous structures started out as a hunting club.
To my knowledge, the NAC is one of the last of such organizations around.
The Fox Lake American Legion started out as a boat building company.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
Well, Bob Stroud went back to the Summer of 1978, the 40th anniversary of it and played songs from August 5, 1978 that were playing on the radio or in your stereo collection. Big fun listening to and recording that on cassette tapes.
We drove to McHenry for the PLAV's (Polish Legion of American Veterans) annual street party. For $10 you got all the food (brats, Polish, burgers and hot dogs, corn on the cob and a variety of salads and desserts, plus all the beer you could drink.
We enjoyed one of our favorite bands, The Three Aces, playing all that old country and pop songs as well as karaoke.
Last stop was at Sunnyside Tap in Johnsburg.
Too Much Fun. --RoadDog
HOW COME: Map Quest and Google Maps really need to start their directions on #5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my driveway and neighborhood.
One of the biggest fogs ever this morning. Couldn't even see across the street. Saw the movie "Mission: Impossible - Fallout."
Met the Usual Suspects at the Fox Lake American Legion for 50-50, as usual.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Enjoyed listening to 1971 on Saturday Morning Flashback on WXRT from 9 to noon. That was a college year for me. After lunch at Burger King, we went to the National Athletic Club on Fox Lake for their 125th anniversary and got our Chain Crawl passbook signed and enjoyed the band Redeye Express.
Then, we went to the Fox Lake American Legion on Nippersink Lake and were entertained by Jonathan from 3 to 6. Where are you going to get entertainment in the afternoon?
His boyish good looks got him a role opposite John Wayne in the 1969 movie "True Grit and his own TV show "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS from 1969 to 1972.
Over the years, the hits continued with songs like "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights." And, he had lots of honors: six Grammys, 1968 CMA Entertainer of the Year, three American Music Awards and, later, induction into the Country Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement.
However, he did not have much luck in the marriages. He had three divorces and engagement to fellow country star Tanya Tucker. He finally met Kimberly Woolen in 1982 and remained married to her for the rest of his life.
The end became known when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2011.
15. LIGHT MY FIRE-- Jose Feliciano #3 His biggest hit.A whole new take on the Doors classic.
14. SOMEBODY CARES-- Tommy James & the Shondells #53 Never heard it before, but it grows on you. Typical James pop. Tommy James was born Tommy Jackson in Dayton, Ohio, in 1947.
13. 1, 2, 3 RED LIGHT-- 1910 Fruitgum Co. #5 Went from #36 last week to #13. How about having this song, #11 and "Sunshine of Your Love" on the same chart at the same time? I don't care, I love my Bubble Gum Music!!
12. GRAZING IN THE GRASS-- Hugh Masakela #1 His biggest hit. More cowbell. We need more cowbell!!!
11. AUTUMN OF MY LIFE-- Bobby Goldsboro The "King of Schmaltz." "Honey" anyone? But you can't help but hum along. He seems to be more into painting nowadays. I did really like "Little Things" (#13-1965).
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Ev'ry Time I Try To Prove I Love You." Answer below. RoadDog
HOW COME: There is a great need for a sarcasm font.
Kevin and Kelly went over to Bootleggers on Grasslake Road in Antioch where they had 50 cent winds and $1 draft pints.
We decided to go to Half-Times in Johnsburg for their specials. First, we had $1 domestic pint drafts, then, from 7 to 9, they had 54 cent 14-ounce drafts in honor of Chicago Bear great, Brian Urlacher going into the Hall of Fame and the Bears were playing an exhibition game in Canton, Ohio, the Home of the NFL Hall of Fame. Of course, 54 was Urlacher's jersey number.
They decided those 4 cents were too much hassle so we got the beers for 50 cents. When is the last time you went to a bar and got 50 cent drafts?
Sure went down mighty good in these hottest of days we're having.
Go Urlacher!! --RoadDog
HOW COME: I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
Yesterday, August 2, 2018, was one of those days with way too much going on and not enough time to be in two places at the same time at once as it were.
I had originally planned to go to Antioch for their It's Thursday where they had the band Class of 1968 playing, you guessed it, 60s songs and a classic car show as well. I also had thoughts of the Thursday night concert in McHenry's veterans Park if that didn't pan out.
But, I had talked with friends Kevin and Kelly about going to Bulldog Ale House in McHenry on Illinois Highway 31 south of town. On Thursdays, they have all of their draft beers at $2 a pint. And, not just domestic, but all their import and craft beers. And, they have 40 drafts on tap!! I like import and craft beers, but don't like paying $4 to $6 for them, so this is a REAL GOOD deal.
I had four beers, including a sunset wheat, Modello, Pilsner Urquel and a Heinekin. We also had 89 cent chicken tenders
Yep, 50 Years Ago. My, how time flies when you're having fun. The number after the artist si how high it got on the Billboard Top 100.
25. SLIP AWAY-- Clarence Carter #6 Way before his "Strokin'" days. Classic guitar work at the beginning.
24. TWO BIT MANCHILD-- Neil Diamond #66 Lesser-known song, but every bit a Neil Diamond song.
23. SOUL LIMBO-- Booker T. & the MGs #17 Would be a great intro-outro song for some deejay. Hard to out soul this song.
22. JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF YOUR MIND-- Amboy Dukes #16 Was that lead singer a Roger Daltry wannabe? Who was that lead guitarist? (Ted Nugent)
21. ALICE LONG-- Boyce & Hart #27 Full title "Alece Long (You're Still My favorite Girlfriend)". And they didn't want to know who Alice was. These two guys could write and sing great songs. Wrote songs for the Monkees and "Pretty Little Angel Eyes" among others.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "You're Still My Favorite Girlfriend." Answer below, --RoadDog
HOW COME: Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument that you realize you're wrong.
30. I CAN'T STOP DANCING-- Archie Bell & the Drells #9 Follow up to "Tighten Up" which went to #1 earlier in 1968.
29. INDIAN LAKE-- Cowsills #10 This song always brings memories of driving out to Honey Hill Beach in Wauconda, Illinois, with the night crew of the Burger King in Palatine. We sure had a good time there.
28. DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME-- Mama Cass #12 Her first solo hit after the mamas and Papas.
27. FACE IT GIRL, IT'S OVER-- Nancy Wilson #29 Born in Chillicothe, Ohio in1937.
26. YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON-- Vanilla Fudge #67 in 1967, Rereleased in 1968 and went to #6. Psychedelic-rock quartet formed in New York in 1966.
Name That Tune (from the above songs): "Set me Free Why Don't You babe." Answer below. --RoadDog
From mid July to mid August, the yard is at its colorful peak. It has big color throughout the year which is why I have so many perennials that bloom at different times. But, right now is peak time. There are flowers blooming all over and in masses.
There are still some wild daisies and regular daisies in bloom, but fast fading. And, the hundred or so hostas all have their blue and white flower spikes going. The biggest color comes from hundreds of black-eyes Susans and purple coneflowers. Also, my tall phlox are going to town, as are a lot of daylillies.
July was a very dry month, though, requiring a lot of watering now of both the flowers, bushes and trees as well as grass areas that turn brown. The lawn tractor is set to 3 inches, from two and a half inches to help the grass.
I am doing a lot of trimming and weeding as well as planting.
HOW COME (From the July 2018 Wassup Magazine, Lake County): Sometimes I look down at my watch three consecutive times and still do not know what time it is.
From the July 29, 2018, Parade Magazine by M.B. Roberts.
Glen Campbell died at age 81 on August 8, 2017 of Alzheimer's disease.
He grew up on a farm near Delight, Arkansas, about 90 miles southwest of Little Rock. When he was 4 years old, he received $5 three-quarter-size Sears, Roebuck and Co. guitar by mail order from his uncle. And, he immediately took to those strings.
By age 6, Glen was performing on the local radio and in his teens playing in bars. In tenth grade, he quit school and moved to Albuquerque where he played in his uncle's band. By the early 1960s he was in Los Angeles working with a now-famous group of session musicians called The Wrecking Tour, playing on records for Elvis, Frank Sinatra and the Beach Boys (including "Pet Sounds" in 1966) and even filled in for Brian Wilson on Beach Boys' tours in '64 and '65.
Later in the 60s, he began charting his own hits, including "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and "Wichita Lineman."